I am wondering what books you'd recommend to someone who is totally unsupportive of midwifery simply because they're uneducated and prejudiced. My father is a dentist and is completely furious with my decision to become a midwife. I knew 8 years ago that I was going to become a midwife someday (got "the calling" loud and clear). I am a grown woman, but my father is dear to me, even though he's being extremely emotionally abusive to me over my decision to go to school to become a CPM. He is so stressed out by this, fearing that I am investing money I will never earn back, fearing that I am throwing away my potential as a scholar, fearing I am basically ruining my entire future, and his bloodpressure is sky-high, so I am hoping that maybe some books will help him see the light since he isn't willing to listen to what I have to say about my own research. He can appreciate hard evidence and he's gotten pretty interested in prenatal and perinatal psychology, so I am hoping I can salvage our relationship by giving him evidence that this path is a viable choice for someone in our culture.
I was thinking maybe Marsden Wagner's Born in the USA and also the Paths to Becoming a Midwife books... He won't watch any DVDs or anything. He's not even willing to talk to me right now (yeah, thanks for the encouragement and congratulations for getting into my #1 choice for schools, Dad...), so it would have to be something that came from a source he could respect.
Any suggestions? I am as can be by my choice to finally move forward and to not be ruled by the fears he put into my head about becoming and practicing as a midwife! I don't condone his behavior toward me, but I know it is based in his fear for his "little girl" whom he just wants to be secure and independent and successful with a viable career(like that's a promise even within the medical model?!).